Northwestern University’s Program in Global Health Studies was recently awarded with the 2018 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. In this news story, Northwestern highlighted several aspects of the program that set it apart from other universities; among those included was its high level of student […]
Author: Sera Young
Dr. Vidya Venkataramanan, a postdoctoral fellow, and Dr. Sera Young recently received a grant from the Resnick Family Social Impact Fund at the Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) at Northwestern University. The proposal was entitled, “Understanding and Quantifying Experiences of Water Insecurity Locally and […]
Maggie Butler, a first year PhD student, received the Buffet Institute for Global Studies’ Graduate Student Conference Travel Award for her upcoming attendance to the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (March 21-23, 2018). She will be sharing preliminary qualitative analyses from the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) study in her presentation “Unbreastfed”: The far-reaching consequences of water insecurity for infant feeding.
Maggie will draw on draw on responses to an open-ended question about the ways in which water insecurity affects how infants (<12 months) are fed from from 11 of the 23 current HWISE sites. She found that water insecurity is harmful to breastfeeding and complementary feeding through three main pathways: economic, maternal mental health, and maternal and infant physical health. These data indicate how breastfeeding and other infant caretaking practices are adversely affected by a lack of access to regular supply of adequate water.
There are many reasons why someone living with HIV may choose not to disclose their status. However, HIV disclosure has been found to be beneficial for many reasons, ranging from increased social support to decreased transmission. Therefore, at clinics in coastal Tanzania, we offered postpartum […]
Our paper on the development and validation of an Exclusive Breastfeeding Social Support (EBFSS) scale was published this week in Maternal and Child Nutrition. This is exciting because it is the first instrument that distinguishes social support for ANY breastfeeding from that for EXCLUSIVE breastfeeding. […]
Congrats to Dr. Sarah Dumas and team for their recent publication in Food & Nutrition Bulletin. In this paper, we used photo-elicitation methods to explore livestock practices and benefits in Kenya. Although increased livestock ownership was reported to improve long-term household resilience, women and children disproportionately bore the burdens of maintaining livestock while also having limited decision-making power regarding the animals. We suggest that future interventions should consider both the benefits and costs of livestock ownership in order to mitigate the gendered burdens.
Each year, the Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University hosts a photo competition for graduate students who recently traveled abroad for their research. There were many great submissions, and Vicky’s photo of children threshing sorghum in Singida, Tanzania won second place. The photo […]
This week, we were happy to welcome Isabel Alvarez for a visit to Evanston, IL. Isabel, who works with Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez at McGill University, will be implementing the HWISE survey in Guatemala. During her visit, we talked about best practices for implementation and how to […]
Dr. Godfred Boateng was invited by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences to participate in the 5th Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium held in Morocco from 2-4 November. The symposium was supported by the National Science Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, and NASA. Dr. Boateng presented a poster on the cross-cultural validation of our household water insecurity experiences (HWISE) scale during the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene session that received a lot of interest from attendees.
We are happy to announce that Dr. Vidya Venkataramanan will be joining us a post-doctoral fellow through the Center for Water Research and Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Fresh from her PhD at UNC, she will be working with Drs. Sera Young and Aaron Packman […]